As announced last month in this blog, London has hosted this week the Campus Party Europe, the largest global technology festival encompassing innovation, creativity science and digital entertainment. The event, staged by Telefónica, aims to bring together 10,000 participants from all over Europe to promote their digital skills and help them get their ideas off the ground. Campus Party Europe focuses on areas including robotics, gaming, social media and astronomy. Its more than 500 hours of content are distributed between conferences, workshops, competitions and activities across 20 themes. Relevant speakers from the public administration, private sector and the economy are included among the 250 panelists that participate in the event.
Before the event, Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK, noted the following:
- Since the creation of Campus Party in 1997 “tech fans across Europe and Latin America have flocked to Campus Party in their thousands to innovate, learn and engage with some of the biggest names in technology.”
- “This year we're injecting even more ambition and more scale into an already huge event.”
- "The marketplace will feature a huge range of free support services, including advice on how to get your foot on the career ladder or how a business can succeed on Facebook."
- "The event will help people hone and develop their digital skills whilst giving businesses of all sizes the opportunity to find the talent they need to grow."
- “Whether you are looking for an opportunity in tech, a fledgling start-up, an established enterprise or simply interested in finding out how new technology is shaping our world, you’ll find something to excite and inspire you at Campus Party.”
The opening session of Campus Party Europe counted on the participation of Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet and creator of the IP protocol, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda. Vint Cerf explained how digital processors are becoming a universal element of our daily life. From his point of view, software is the key for the future of the Internet and, at the same time, the cause of great confusion and vulnerability. Neelie Kroes, who has become one of the key spokespersons for telcos towards the creation of a single digital market in the European Union, revealed the European Commission plans to expand high-speed networks in the European Union.
During the panel discussion on the future of the open web, Telefónica launched The Open Agenda, a thought leadership campaign to support Telefónica’s New Public Positioning. The Open Agenda brings together a number of our key business priorities around the unifying concept of Open, what it means and why it matters to businesses, customers and the public sector.
You can find more information on The Open Agenda in the Telefónica Digital Hub and follow its development in the Telefonica Digital twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
For more information on Campus Party please check the official site here.